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Crossroads at Sea: Implications of Marine Policy Initiatives on the Sustainability of the Maltese Fishing Sector

Said, Alicia (2017) Crossroads at Sea: Implications of Marine Policy Initiatives on the Sustainability of the Maltese Fishing Sector. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.61647) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:61647)

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Abstract

This thesis explores how the Maltese fishing sector has been affected by the regulatory framework emanating from the European Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the Habitats' Directive. An interdisciplinary approach was adopted to identify how the multi-scalar governance structures and management system have influenced the social, economic, political and environmental elements of the Maltese fisheries sector. Management frameworks hailing from the CFP and the Habitats' Directive were analysed to elicit knowledge about the resource governance, socio-economic and socio-ecological resilience, and sustainable livelihoods in the context of small-scale and artisanal fisheries. By focusing on Malta's two main fishing villages - Marsaxlokk and Mgarr (Gozo), I seek to highlight how the ratification of the various policies has affected the sustainability of the heterogeneous fishing communities that inhabit the island. To do this, I have used a grounded theory approach to investigate the incremental implications deriving from the policy changes dawning onto the endogenous Maltese fishing patterns since EU accession in 2004. The research, which is based on a year of contact, interaction and participant observation with fishers, explores and describes how fishers experience and respond to conservation and neo-liberal policy shifts, and such findings are represented through a series of publishable case studies (chapters). In Chapter 4, I describe how the capitalistic nature of the Bluefin tuna fishery policy has facilitated the plight of the artisanal fishing sector due to privatisation schemes that enabled the concentration of quotas into fewer hands. In Chapter 5, I investigate the role of the Maltese open-access fisheries policy on the livelihood of fishers, and ultimately, in Chapter 6, I look into the sustainability implications of marine protected areas on the inshore fishing communities. Through these case studies, I provide a wide-ranging and analytical outlook of how small-scale fishers are implicated in the dynamics of fisheries management and governance. Based on these observations I provide feasible context-specific recommendations for the continuation of small-scale fishing communities.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: MacMillan, Douglas
Thesis advisor: Tzanopoulos, Joseph
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.61647
Additional information: he author of this thesis has requested that it be held under closed access. We are sorry but we will not be able to give you access or pass on any requests for access. 11/05/2022
Uncontrolled keywords: Small-scale Fisheries; Malta; marine protected areas; bluefin tuna; neoliberalism; livelihoods; governance; power; Common Fisheries Policy; wellbeing; sustainability; agency; fisheries management
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
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Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 15:00 UTC
Last Modified: 11 May 2022 10:21 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/61647 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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